The summary of your LinkedIn profile is 2,000 characters of prime real estate to genuinely differentiate yourself among the 3,000,000-member online community. Too often, this is the area people squander, by either not completing the summary at all, or by lifting something directly off the resume – the tone of a resume does not read correctly in the living, breathing, conversational LinkedIn community. Related: 5 Tips For Upping Your LinkedIn Game You definitely have it within you to transform the summary into an illustration of your authenticity, practically in Technicolor. I’ll show you three things your LinkedIn summary must say, by using the example of a finance executive whose LinkedIn profile directly led to her landing the senior role she holds today:
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It finally happens! The phone rings, and being in active job search mode, you eagerly answer every unrecognized number because it could be your next employer. But at the particular moment, you're at the gym, in line at the grocery store, or picking up your kids from after-school sports. Related: Top 5 Proactive Job Interview Strategies When the phone rings in these situations, it can be mentally jarring, and therefore difficult to focus. Not to mention you're unlikely to have your resume or other notes in front of you about the particular company. (You did take notes on your company research, right?) So, resist the urge to proceed with the interview anyway, out of fear that you won't get another chance. You will, as long as you set the proper tone of this initial conversation with the recruiter. Here's how:
When you embark on the job search, updating your resume is the natural first move. Resume writing is where you devote significant energy, in order to increase the likelihood that the recruiter will stand up and take notice. But it doesn't bode well if the recruiter flags your resume for all the wrong reasons. In the spirit of Halloween, let's highlight some of the scariest types of resumes out there:
Do you want to increase the likelihood that you'll land interviews from 2% to more than 40%? Simply hitting the “apply" and “submit" buttons for the openings you see on the major job boards won't get you there. The critical factor that makes or breaks job search success is your ability to make direct contact with the hiring decision maker.
Optimizing your LinkedIn profile, building your number of contacts, and participating in groups are all actions to contribute to raising your LinkedIn visibility. But visibility and credibility go hand-in-hand. Credibility is key so those who view your profile see immediate social proof of your expertise. Compiling LinkedIn recommendations is among the best strategies for raising credibility. Related: 3 Things Your LinkedIn Summary MUST Say Here are five tips to ask for – and get – a quality LinkedIn recommendation.
Gone are the days of applying for seemingly every job under the sun in the same manner of throwing spaghetti onto the wall and just seeing what sticks. Job search today is all about targeting: the exact type of job you want, and the exact type of employer for whom you'd like to work. Related: 3 Tips For Landing A 'Perfect Fit' Job There's a strategy to using the job description properly in order to land that ideal role. Here's how: